Originally Posted by Rolando Mota
You have to go big to get into the hemp game. Been talking to the father of my kid’s classmate, his company is focusing on processing hemp for cbd. They already have labs in or and co and are currently in the middle of a $10mil buildout in Sacramento. Now looking at property in Australia and Italy for labs to serve Europe and Asia. Listening to him talk about the scale of the international hemp market is pretty amazing.
What’s the difference between the k3 vs c3 tests?
Not sure about the going big thing for hemp is so necessary.
A smart small farmer with automatic planters, plugging into mulch at high densities, spraying/cultivating/weeding with small vineyard tractors just like small grape growers is what I see happening.
A good facility should be working with growers. Growers can make good money selling to local facilities, just that it needs to be looked at like a business. Those agreements need to be in place BEFORE one plants, part of ones due diligence. I spoke to guys funding, processor/growers, etc at the Vegas show. I hit them all. The biggest problem, low production, low quality and for some reason, which I think I know why, they can't get the % of actives that are tested for in their results in terms of yields, a loss factor which VARIES depending on the grower! That is a big clue. The same as sugar cane in all parts of the world. No matter what you do to some cane, you can't get all the sugar out and it has too much garbage tied to the sugars to make white sugar, resulting in brown sugar, rum and ethanol. It really is funny how a lot of the issues that this industry is facing are the same as in many other fruit/veg/sugar/tobacco. It will be capital intensive though.
The C 3 is a compost test. I think there is a description on their site. I use it on manures, composts and even inputs like soluble amino acids.
K-3 is a soil analysis using 2 different process, different extraction methods, nitrogen and conductivity.